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Podyssey Picks (Dec 13): Top Community Recommendations

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Here’s this week’s roundup of top podcasts and playlist recommendations from the Podyssey community. From how one guy got a fake restaurant to be #1 on TripAdvisor, to the sensational robbery of Muhammad Ali’s VIP partygoers at his comeback fight, you’ll have lots of great binge listens to queue up this week. Also, we’re excited to spotlight our podcast sponsor, the True Crime podcast, that features a new indie true crime pod every week.

A couple quarantines together after their first date. Find out what happens 8 months later.

What can whale songs tell us about alien communication? Can honeybees learn faster than rats? Explore diverse intelligences.

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A guy turns his garden shed into the most elusive restaurant on TripAdvisor. The catch? It’s fake.

kerj recommended:Dec 6th, 2020

I remember hearing about this fake restaurant. If anything, I think it’s definitely a creative stunt to pull. 😂

How Did a Fake Restaurant Become #1 on TripAdvisor?

by Wild Wild Tech

VIP partygoers at Muhammad Ali’s comback fight were stripped naked and robbed of millions in cash and diamonds. A new true crime podcast.

A radio station punks their listeners...but the story takes a shocking unexpected turn into a live soap opera.

rmmiller364 recommended:Dec 5th, 2020

This was really fun! I also don’t want to give too many of the details because it feels spoilery, but I will say that at the beginning, the story of the original prank call enraged me. If I had been engaged to someone who set me up for a prank call about my immigration status, I would have broken of...Show More


by Love and Radio

How shy people can become leaders at work.

iamjendi recommended:Dec 1st, 2020

Wow this episode really resonates with me, as someone who never previously identified with shyness, I’ve found myself (particularly over the course of remote work in the pandemic) becoming increasingly more shy, introverted and more socially anxious. Similarly to Amy B it it more internal and others...Show More

Women at Work: Too Shy to Be a Leader

by HBR IdeaCast

This woman raised an AI bot like her kid and it developed an actual conscience.

emilyh recommended:Dec 8th, 2020

It’s one of my favorite invisibilia episodes, and remains extremely relevant as digital companions become more and more popular and intelligent.

Raising Devendra

by Invisibilia

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AI and Algorithms

7 episodes

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Can President Trump pardon his kids and himself?

fiercefab recommended:Dec 7th, 2020

The description for this one already does a great job of underscoring what’s at stake, so I urge you to start by reading that. But I have to highlight one jaw-dropping point the summary doesn’t mention. The president could pardon himself. There’s nothing technically stopping him from giving hims...Show More

The President and Pre-Emptive Pardons

by The Daily

The key to happiness is not success. We’ve been lied to all along argues this “awesomeologist”.

emilyh recommended:Dec 5th, 2020

Lesson learnt from this episode: be specific about what you’re grateful for 😊

Awesomeology (GRATITUDE FOR LITTLE THINGS) with Neil Pasricha

by Ologies

This funny guy had never been to a wedding. Then he started a wedding business for elopers that’s now booming.

Four gruesome deaths. A flirtatious cousin. A botanical doctor who hates his life.

New and notable podcasts for December here:

New and Notable: December 2020 Edition

4 episodes

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👉 Episode Highlight: Drewby and Yergy cover the tragic story of the sadistic murder of 16-year-old Sylvia Likens in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 1965.